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National Homemade Bread Day

donmedeirosdonmedeiros Posts: 3,183 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate


All of this talk about biscuits and such fits in nicely with today's National Day.

On November 17th, homes will fil with warm, comforting aromas reminding us to slow down and enjoy National Homemade Bread Day.

Yeast bread calls for us to slow down. We need to spend time with each other as we work the dough and let it rest and rise before baking. Quick breads allow a special treat to share and enjoy with coffee or tea. Other homemade breads, such as donuts, pretzels, muffins, and biscuits, add variety to our everyday meals. And making them with friends and family brings joy and an opportunity to exchange recipes.

Those who make homemade bread commit to using good ingredients and investing in the time. They make it not only because they love the flavor, but because they know the people they love to do also. Homemade bread enriches the flavors of our meals and the flavors of our conversations, too.

Bread is full of symbolism around the world, across cultures and religions. In our lives, bread is valuable. We consider our livelihood to be our daily bread. We are making it, breaking it, consuming it as part of our faith. Bread can be exciting if it’s sliced or boring if it’s white. There’s a bonus bread, too. However, it seems a bit messy if it’s buttered on both sides. Then again, when we roll in the dough, it’s messy, too. Bake it, and it becomes heavy bread, but it means the same thing.

Use in a sentence: A UGA is like smelling home made bread

For those whose tastes don't run in the more culinary areas, here's a different National Day.


National Take a Hike Day on November 17th encourages us to get out there and hit the trails. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike. 

Some of those trails are hundreds of years old. For example, the oldest continuously used trail in the United States is Crawford Path in New Hampshire. The beginnings of the mountain path were cleared to the summit of Mt. Washington in 1819. Other trails allow us to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark or explore even more ancient history like Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Besides experiencing majestic views and the great outdoors, we also exercise our bodies. Hiking not only gets our hearts pumping and our muscles moving, but being outdoors is good for our minds. Many of us spend too much time indoors behind a desk. Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day?

Events around the country celebrate Take a Hike Day. Local, state and National Parks support hiking events encouraging us to enjoy a hike. Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

Use in a sentence: For all I care, the gayturds can take a hike. I'm going to eat some homemade bread.


  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 6,756 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    1. Nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread.
    2. I'm not much of a hiker, but I've always been fascinated by the centuries long evolution of a path to a road. Some of the highways we drive today start with one man and a hatchet clearing a path from point A to point B. Over time, others used the path and it became clearer and smoother and wider from the foot traffic. Point A and point B that started as a hitching post or a country store grew into a village. Wagon wheels necessitated the addition of sand or gravel to the path, and so the path became a road. And as the village grew into a town and then a city, the gravel road was paved over. And as the population grew, the traffic on the road grew, so it needed to be widened. One lane became two, then three, then four. Wagons became trucks. Horses were replaced with cars. And so it went. And so it goes.
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